• 2/19/21 Family Newsletter


    February 19, 2020


    March 1 Start of Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI)


    Thank you for your patience as we roll-out our Hybrid plan and survey.  As you can imagine, there are many questions and we are working hard to get you accurate and complete information.  I don’t have many details at this point which is frustrating for us all, but we are all doing our best to meet the needs of our Grout community.  Our goal is to create a flexible plan that will allow families to make the choices that are best for them.  I hope to send out answers to some of our questions by Monday, February 22.  


    Thank you to those of you who have completed the Hybrid Survey.  The deadline has been extended to Thursday, February 25.  We recognize that there may have been some technology glitches and think those have been resolved.  A reminder message will be coming out again soon.  Next week we will be reaching out to families who need individual support in completing the survey.  


    We have had to push our LIPI start date back a week, but we are still moving ahead.  We will be reaching out to families of identified students to invite them to participate in our LIPI program.  Our initial cohort will be focused on K-2 students.  



    Be sure to take the 2021 Successful Schools Survey! It helps PPS understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. We would also like to remind you that the survey window is now February 8 to March 12 for students, staff, and leaders, and February 8 to March 19 for families. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend.



    Yesterday, we mailed home some important information.  Included in the mailing was:  



    We are excited to announce that Grout Elementary School is recruiting parents or guardians for the relaunch of our Site Council.  


    The Grout Site Council is a group of parents or guardians, staff, community members, and administrators who focus on overall school improvement and family engagement.  The Site Council will review data, make recommendations for the school improvement plan, and increase family engagement.  


    The Site Council will meet once a month on the third Monday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  


    Parent/guardian candidates will be selected by Grout families and serve two-year terms.  During this relaunch candidates can choose to serve a one-year term or a two-year term.  


    We encourage any interested parents or guardians to apply.  Our goal is to have a diverse representation of our school community and we welcome participation from all.  There is no specific experience or background required.  Translation services will be provided for any Site Council member if needed.  


    If you have any questions, please contact Denise Self, Principal, at (503) 916-6209 or dself@pps.net.  


    Site Council Applications:  




    One requirement of being a Title 1 school is that we complete a school-home compact. Effective schools are a result of families and school staff working together to ensure that children are successful in school.  A compact is a voluntary agreement between groups.  You are invited to enter into this partnership, the purpose of which is to strengthen the commitment between us to put children first. 


    We have included the compact in this mailing for you. Please read through the compact with your child and both of you sign it at the bottom. We are aiming to get 200 completed compacts back from our families by March 12. All students who return their compact will receive a Grout Water Bottle! 


    There are several ways to return it:


    • Drop it off during library book pickup or when picking up supplies from your teacher
    • Mail it to Grout Elementary: 3119 SE Holgate Blvd. Portland, OR 97202
    • Bring it to the school and put it through the mail slot in the front door
    • Give it to the delivery driver if you receive a delivery from the school
    • Scan it and return via email to mcarpenter@pps.net


    Thank you for your help in completing this requirement and supporting your student(s) in their learning.


    Title 1 Compacts: 




    Seesaw users, Are you struggling with the finger tool when you try to move something to a certain spot? Sometimes the number, letter, or dot you're trying to move disappears behind the designated spot. Ugh! How frustrating! Try clicking on the three dots and scrolling up to the 'order' button. If you switch to 'move to front' the thing that disappeared may reveal itself again. 


    Families, do you have tips you'd like to share? Please email Ms. Lynn: lpreble@pps.net, so we can build our community toolbox.



    From February 17-March 16, families can submit transfer requests to K-5 dual language immersion, focus option and alternative programs.


    ACCESS Academy applications for grades 1-8 are available from February 17-April 16. 

    Applications are available at www.pps.net/schoolchoice.


    Families are invited to a virtual K-5 Explore Your Options night on Thursday, February 18 from 6-8 pm.  This event is happening in lieu of many school-based open houses that would typically happen during the transfer cycle.  Learn more at www.pps.net/k-5options.


    This workshop will take an interactive approach of interviewing PPS staff from the Multi-Tiered System of Support team about resources they have created for parents & caregivers to use at home. In this workshop, parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and explore resources around different strategies to empower young people and the adults they work with to co-create safe and supportive learning environments at home. This will be a live workshop and will be recorded to view at a later time. You are welcome to submit your questions in advance via this padlet board. 


    At-Home Learning Strategies Website

    Parent Workshop: At-Home Learning Strategies

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    When: Friday, February 26, 2021

    Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    How: 3 different ways



    Our next library book pick up will be the week of February 22nd for students in any grade. 

    • On the sidewalk on 31st Avenue
    • Monday, February 22: 2:00-4:00 pm
    • Wednesday, February 24, 2:00-4:00 pm


    Please remember to return any books that were previously checked out to you.

    Also, if the above times do not work for you, please email lpreble@pps.net so she can help get you a book delivery or make other arrangements.